It's Harry's third year at Hogwarts; not only does he have a new "Defense Against the Dark Arts" teacher, but there is also trouble brewing. Convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped the Wizards' Prison and is coming after Harry.
In the sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft, and in both wizard and muggle worlds Lord Voldemort and his henchmen are increasingly active. With vacancies to fill at Hogwarts, Professor Dumbledore persuades Horace Slughorn, back from retirement to become the potions teacher, while Professor Snape receives long awaited news. Harry Potter, together with Dumbledore, must face treacherous tasks to defeat his evil nemesis. Written by
As an homage to J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, a fan of hers, included a reference to the series in his novel 'Wolves of Calla', featuring Snitches as flying grenades. 'Wolves' was published one year before the 'Half-Blood Prince' novel. Rowling, in turn, returned the favor: the Gaunts (Voldemort's maternal family, though Dumbledore did not mention in the film) is alluded to Leland Gaunt - the lead antagonist in King's novel 'Needful Things' (played by Max von Sydow in Needful Things (1993)). See more »
(at around 1h 3 mins) During the Quidditch Match, and the celebration afterwards in the Gryffindor Common room, you can see that the students are chanting "Weasley is our king!". However, the audio track we hear is "Weasley! Weasley! Weasley!" over and over. See more »
Like all Harry Potter fans I have read all of the books and seen every film so far. I would have to say that this film is not my favourite so far and leaves you feeling that some vital parts of the book are missing. However this is worth watching and I feel this will only disappoint the most hardcore Harry fans!
With all of the films you can notice that the acting is improving with the maturity of the characters. You can tell that there is a close bond between the actors of which all pull of their roles well. The directing and visual effects, like all of the films to date does not disappoint.
In all a great family film, a pleasure to watch and I would recommend this film to most people. I am glad that the final film will be split into two parts, to be honest they could have done it with this film!
*** For people who have never seen any of the films or read the books I took my friend with me who has not seen or read any of the books and he was completely lost throughout the film (Although he still enjoyed it!). If you wish to see this I would recommend you need to see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix first. Otherwise you may find this film a little confusing.
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